This September Branchage Festival returns for its 5th edition on the island of Jersey. Running 24-28 September, the festival has been curated by iconic fashion designer agnès b and the legendary BBC Radiophonic Workshop. The theme this year is “Make your own Island” and includes a diverse range of foreign film screenings, live music, comedy and spoken word events, educational talks, food presentations and parties. The programme takes place in an array of historic, eccentric and picturesque locations across the island.
Previous Branchage guests include Oscar-winning film producer and Branchage patron Simon Chinn (Man on Wire, Searching for Sugarman), fellow patron and acclaimed director Andrew Kotting (Gallivant) Paloma Faith, Rob Da Bank, British Sea Power, The Correspondents, Rodriguez, and comedians Sara Pascoe, Paul Foot and Mark Dolan to name just a few. This year the line up is equally impressive as agnès b will select the French and foreign film strand. She is renknown for pairing film and fashion together such as with her costumes for Resevoir Dogs and Pulp Fiction.
In addition, the BBC Radiophonic Workshop will present a selection of films focusing on sonic adventuring. Perhaps best known for composing the iconic Doctor Who theme tune, the Radiophonic Workshop was the name given to the ensemble of musicians and sound engineers commissioned by the BBC in 1958 to create some of the most memorable TV soundtracks of all time. This summer, the group reformed and they have been on the festival circuit with stops off at Glastonbury and Bestival en route to Branchage, where in addition to presenting their chosen films, they will be presenting an educational Foley Art Masterclass led by founding member Dr Dick Mills. Their collaboration with the festival culminates with a specially-commissioned premiere of an audiovisual show.
Highlights of the programme include Pulp: A Story of Life, Death and Supermarkets, agnès b’s directorial debut Je m’appelle Hmmm, Michel Gondry’s Is the Man Who is Tall Happy?, Alastair Layzell’s One PM Central Standard Time, the BFI’s compilation of newly-restored films from 1914 with a live piano accompaniment by Jersey’s James Lingard and a BAFTA panel talk in the Spiegeltent.
Branchage Festival, 24-28 September, in various venues across Jersey. Find out more at www.branchagefestival.com.